The list of comparative contradictions between the God of the Bible and the god of the Qur’an are limitless, but the following are some of the most obvious.
How supposedly learned men and women in the Christian Church can ignore the obvious and proclaim Allah and Jehovah God are the same, is not only heretical and sinful, but is leading thousands, if not millions of church goers into the pits of hell, as well as affirming the satanic beliefs of millions of Muslims and diverting them from the One and Only True God and His Gospel of liberation and salvation.
First, the God of the Bible commanded Abraham (nee: Abram) to sacrifice his only son (see Genesis 22), Isaac, whereas Muhammad claimed that Allah commanded Abraham to sacrifice the illegitimate son (Ishmael) of the ungodly union of Abram and the pagan Egyptian, Hagar. Why would the God of the Bible choose Isaac for the sacrifice, but the god of the Qur’an call for Ishmael to be sacrificed? Because it was through the lineage of Isaac and his son Jacob that Jesus Christ would be born. The god of the Qur’an wanted to abort that Biblical ancestry.
Second, the God of the Bible told Moses that His name was Yahweh (YHWH) or I AM WHO I AM (Exodus 3:13-15). God Almighty of the Bible is not Allah or to be called Allah despite the assertion of some Middle Eastern and Southeast Asia missionaries that Allah is just the Arabic name for God. It is not! It is the name of one of the 360 pagan gods known during the life of Muhammad.
Third, the God of the Bible gave Moses the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20) as a moral compass for life. Allah of the Qur’an calls for his followers to violate most of those commandments.
Fourth, throughout the Torah (Pentateuch)—the first five books of the Bible, Yahweh made it clear where the Jewish people were to live after their exodus from Egypt and their 40-year wandering through the Sinai desert. Their homeland, known as Canaan (the Promised Land), as set forth by God in Genesis 15:18-21, included from the river of Egypt (NKJV), which could be interpreted as the River Nile, to the Euphrates River to the northeast. Some Bible versions refer to the western border as the Wadi of Egypt (NIV) which put the western border of Canaan in the eastern Sinai Peninsula. The New Living Translation simply refers to this western boundary as the border of Egypt, but then has a footnote stating that it could be the eastern fork of the River Nile or the Brook of Egypt in the eastern Sinai. From the western to the eastern border, Canaan included the lands occupied by the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites (vss. 19-21). Today, such boundaries would include (at minimum) the eastern Sinai and all the land east of the Mediterranean Sea, including western Jordan and southwestern Syria.
In the Qur’an, it is acknowledged that Canaan—the holy land—belongs to the Jews in perpetuity. However, throughout the Qur’an, Allah instructs his followers to persecute the Jews and drive them from the Promised Land.
And when Musa said to his people: O my people! Remember the favor of Allah upon you when He raised prophets among you and made you kings and gave you what He had not given to any other among the nations.
O my people! Enter the holy land which Allah has prescribed for you and turn not on your backs for then you will turn back losers (surah 5:20-21).
Fifth, Yahweh of the Bible made an everlasting covenant with Abraham and his descendants, the Jews (Genesis 17:4-8) and promised them the land of Canaan as an everlasting possession. At the same time He changed Abram’s name to Abraham and promised the Jews that He would be their God and they would be His people.
“As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”
Allah of the Qur’an acknowledges no such covenant with the Jews, nor does he offer such a covenant to anyone who follows him.
Sixth, Yahweh, through Moses foretold the coming of Jesus in Deuteronomy 18:15, 18. “The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear, . . . I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.”
While Muslims believe in the Bible and the Old Testament prophets, they have been taught since the days of Muhammad that the Bible has been corrupted and therefore cannot be fully relied on as God’s word.
However, there is one biblical verse, in particular, Muslims do rely on as a testimony of Muhammad’s coming. They cite Deuteronomy 18:15 as evidence that the coming of Muhammad as God’s prophet was foretold by Moses about 2,000 years before Muhammad’s birth. There are a number of problems with this assertion. First, the full context of the scripture carries through verse 22.
The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me[Moses] from among your own brothers. You must listen to him. For this is what you asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you [the Israelites] said, ‘Let us not hear the voice of the Lord our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die.’
The Lord said to me: ‘What they say is good. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account. But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death.’
You may say to yourselves, ‘How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord?’ If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him (Deuteronomy 18:15-22; author’s emphasis).
The particulars of this prophecy of Moses should shed some light on the claim of Islam, that this prophecy refers to the coming of Muhammad.
· First, the prophet is to represent the God of the Jews. The word “Lord” in the first verse refers to the self-Existent Jehovah God of the Jews.
· Second, the prophet foretold is to be like Moses. Moses was a Jew born to the house of a Levite (Jewish high priest). Muhammad was neither a Jew nor born of the house of Levi.
· Third, the prophet was to be from among your own brothers, that is, from among the Israelites themselves. This does not fit Muhammad either, since he was an Arab, a descendant of Ishmael.
· Fourth, this prophet is to speak only the words of Jehovah God, not Allah or a god by any other name. Muhammad spoke the words of an unknown god, and initially believed that it was a demon who spoke to him and that he was demon-possessed.
Jesus, on the other hand, made direct reference to this prophecy by Moses. As He was speaking to the Jews, Jesus said, “If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me” (John 5:46).
Seventh, the God of the Bible—Old Testament—prophesied the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, in over 300 Old Testament prophesies, but not one prophesy about the coming of Muhammad or any other Arabic “prophet.” There is no prophecy in the Qur’an about the advent of Muhammad.
Eighth, the character of the god of the Qur’an is the antithesis of Jehovah God of the Bible. Clearly, throughout the Qur’an, Allah is portrayed as an impersonal, unloving, unforgiving and vengeful god who desires to see everyone, including his followers, in hell.
By stark contrast, the God of the Bible demonstrates His immeasurable love and compassion for all people. “Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live” (Ezekiel 33:11).
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved (John 3:16-17).
Allah, on the other hand, sent Muhammad to curse the world and persecute, maim and murder all those who refused to accept the Islamic tenets of belief and follow him.
Ninth, Yahweh foretold of the crucifixion and resurrection of the Messiah (verses), but Allah denies that Jesus was crucified, that He died or was resurrected (see Psalm 16:10, 22:16, 30:3; Zechariah 12:10).
The god of the Qur’an claims that he substituted Judas for Christ on the cross and took Jesus to heaven without his dying or being resurrected. This, of course, is an effort by the devil to deny one of the central truths of the Bible and the Christian faith.
Tenth, through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection, the God of the Bible demonstrated His clear plan of salvation for all mankind. The god of the Qur’an has no plan of salvation for his followers.
Eleventh, the God of the Bible proclaims Jesus to be His Son, the only begotten of the Father God. The god of the Qur’an denies having a son.
Twelfth, Jehovah God of the Bible calls those that accept Jesus as His Son and Lord and Savior of their lives, “children”, sons and daughters of Almighty God. Allah of the Qur’an proclaims that he has no children.
Thirteenth, through Jesus Christ, God’s Son, His followers have a guarantee and promise of eternal life in Heaven with God. Allah offers no such promise. In fact, the only guarantee the followers of Allah have, is that they will all go to hell before Allah’s judgment (surah 19:70-72).
Again We do certainly know best those who deserve most to be burned therein. And there is not one of you but shall come to it; this is an unavoidable decree of your Lord. And We will deliver those who guarded (against evil), and We will leave the unjust therein on their knees.
Fourteenth, and most important. The entire Bible points to Jesus Christ as the promised Messiah, the promise of God to all mankind. The entire Qur’an is anti-Christ and anti-Christian and anti-Jew.
Fifteen, the core of Christianity, after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, is the release of the promised Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity of God. Without the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the coming of the promised Holy Spirit, the Christian faith is meaningless. Allah denies the existence of the Holy Spirit, the essence of God’s empowerment on earth for those who believe in Him and His Son.
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Every Muslim is taught that the Qur’an and other Islamic sacred texts are the unchangeable, perfect word of Allah and must be adhered to. Why should the non-Muslim world be concerned? The Islamic faith is growing by leaps and bounds. Not so much because new converts are convinced of its redeeming theology, but because Muslim populations have some of the highest birthrates in the world. In highly populated Muslim countries and throughout Islamic history, “converts” are often won over through coercion, oppression and threats to one’s wellbeing.
Perhaps the naiveté of the Western world can be summed up in the assessment of Islam’s future dominance by Pavel Kohout of the Center for Economics and Politics in Prague. In an article titled, Why al-Qaeda Will Dominate the European Union, published October 7, 2004. Kohout wrote:
The first reason extreme Islam will prevail is the intellectual advantage that al-Qaeda leaders have over western European politicians. The latter want to believe that there is no clash of civilizations; that terrorism is just a product of misery and lack of education; that the solution lies in a multicultural, tolerant society; and that the stubbornness of the Americans and Israelis is to blame for all the problems.
. . . The second reason is the unification of foreign policy in the EU [European Union]. In the UN [United Nations], all member states of the European Union dutifully voted against Israel as a flock of sheep under the leadership of France. France is home to millions of Muslims, who are a decisive factor in its politics.
. . . The third reason is an advantage of the Islamic society in terms of evolution: a high birthrate.
The late but prominent educator and author, Dr. Samuel L. Blumenfeld, wrote in 2006 that, “In 20 to 50 years Western Europe may be dominated by Muslims who will claim it as a Waqf”—a territory for Islamic purposes or Muslim religious endowment (WorldNetDaily, February 14, 2006). In view of the Islamic immigrant invasion of Europe starting in 2015, Dr. Blumenfeld’s projection could arrive sooner than thought.
Many European Union countries are already under heavy political, social and economic assault from the invasion of mostly Muslim refugees from war-torn regions of the Middle East, as well as from regions of South Asia. In addition to the societal upheaval, this has resulted in a rapidly growing migrant population requiring much governmental support. Many of the Muslims, as demonstrated almost daily by their acts of terror, physical assaults and property damage, do not have peaceful intentions. If Islam becomes the dominating force in Western Europe, will Canada and the United States be far behind?
One of the most challenging situations for the European Union members, and the majority of the countries of the West, is the declining birth rates of their native populations. While the birthrate among the majority of Western societies has plummeted over the last few decades, the birthrate among many Muslim countries remains 2-3 times that of the United States, Canada and all European Union countries.
In 2016, according to Eurostat Statistics (https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/ Fertility_statistics), while Muslims are rapidly populating Europe, all 28 European Union member states have birth rates below the 2.1 live births per woman to replace their dying populations. The average fertility rate for all EU countries was 1.6 live births. Seventeen countries are at or below the EU average. Twelve EU countries are expected to have Muslim populations of five percent or more by 2030. They include: Austria (9.3% Muslim), Belgium (10.2%), Bulgaria (15.7%), Cyprus (22.7%), Denmark (5.6%), France (10.3%), Germany (7.1%), Italy (5.4%), Netherlands (7.8%), Sweden (9.9%) and the United Kingdom (8.2%). Those estimates, however, could be conservative if the current rate of Muslim migration into Europe persists.
The native populations of the EU countries are dying out, while their Muslim populations are expanding at two to three times the local inhabitants.
The 2017 estimate of birth rates in 224 countries published by the CIA World Factbook clearly illustrate the problem and what awaits the Western world. Of the 50 Muslim countries, 37 of them have replacement birth rates above 2.1 births per woman. Forty-nine of the fifty have birth rates that exceed the EU average birth rate of 1.6 live births per woman. The United States replacement birth rate in 2017 dropped to 1.87, the lowest in thirty years. Canada was even worse with a birth rate of only 1.60, the 183rd lowest in the world.
Abortions Further Exasperate the Problem. To further exacerbate the declining populations in the non-Muslim world is the high rate of abortions. From 1973 to 2013 (40 years), there have been estimated 1.72 billion babies aborted worldwide; the large majority in the non-Muslim world. Current abortion statistics are hard to come by, with the most recent in 2015, but only for a small percentage of the world’s countries. Strick, fundamentalist Muslim countries have low abortion rates (less than one per thousand live births), while more liberal or Soviet Union Republics (Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) have much higher rates (10-23/1000). Since Roe vs. Wade in 1973, the United States has aborted over 61 million babies (U.S.AbortionClock.org) with a 2015 rate of 17.13/1000 births. EU countries and Canada also have high rates, ranging from around 10-25 abortions per 1000 live births.
It would appear, that while many non-Muslim countries are killing off their lifeblood, Muslims, for the most part, are re-populating the earth.
America’s Declining Birth Rate. Another ominous sign for America, is the declining birth rate. Just like in Europe, the U.S. Census Bureau reported at the end of 2018, that the birth rate for women in the United States had fallen below the replacement rate of 2.1 births per woman, to 1.7. According to the Bureau, America’s growth rate is the slowest since 1937.
“‘The aging population is starting to take its toll,’ said William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution. ‘I think we need to get used to the fact that we are now a slow-growth country.’”
“If the pattern continues, immigrants will soon be more important to population gains than the so-called natural increase,” wrote New York Times’ writer, Sabrina Tavernise.
According to The World Bank (https://data.worldbank.org), America has not had a replacement birth rate (fertility rate) since 2008, when the rate fell to 2.072 births per woman. The rate has continued to plummet each year, and stood at 1.80 in 2016. Remember, the fertility rate among the majority of Muslim societies is significantly above the replacement birth rate.
Seeds of Destruction? Iranian born American, Amil Imani, warns the West that, “within the very fabric of the free world is [sic] the seeds of its own destruction. It contains provisions that make it vulnerable to its demise. And the forces of tyranny, the antithesis of those of liberty, craftily exploit those provisions to prevail.” Imani claims that the isms of Fascism, Nazism and Communism are dead, but that, “International Islam, however, is multidimensional, very alive and highly virulent. No society, no local community, no nations [sic] or region of the world is spared from its infiltration.”
Imani’s warning rings true for the United States, where Islam and its adherents have found a very fertile ground in the politically correct, cultural diversity environment. There is no country in the world that is more culturally diverse than America and, therein, could lay its downfall. As America becomes more accepting of any belief system and way of life, the more it stands for less of the founding principles set forth by its Founders and the United States Constitution. It is somewhat ironic, yet telling, that many Muslim refugees that are escaping the horrors of their homeland, are still willing to embrace the very belief system that caused their terror and reasons for fleeing.
Imagine, you are asked to become a member of your church’s community outreach ministry. However, there are two concessions you must agree to: Never share your faith or the Gospel of Jesus Christ and you must acknowledge that your Christian faith is no better than another faith, such as Hinduism, Islam, et al.
Would you be interested in participating? Would you be denying your faith if you did so? Most importantly, would you be denying Jesus Christ and His salvation work in your life?
The goals of “interfaith dialogue” are really not dialogue at all, especially when it comes to interfacing with Muslims in one’s community. The goals are to be “sensitive;” to consider the other’s “feelings;” to build “friendships;” and, of course, to do “good works.” Through all this it is hoped that the love of Christ will be demonstrated with understanding and compassion. On the surface, there is nothing wrong with this. As Christ followers, we are all called to be loving and caring toward our neighbors, the stranger and even our enemies, but interfaithers, when it comes to “bridging” relationships with Muslims, often make erroneous assumptions.
First, they assume that Muslims worship and pray to the same God as Christians and Jews. This is categorically false. Allah is not the God of the Bible, but a pagan god of satanic origin. While interfaithers will strongly recoil at such a statement, the statement is factually true. Just ask any former Muslim who has turned to Jesus Christ for eternal salvation (or read my highly researched and detailed compendium, Understanding Islam in the Light of Christianity).
Second, those that seek interfaith dialogue incorrectly believe that Islam is an Abrahamic faith. This is also false. In my book there is a long detailed explanation on why Islam is not an Abrahamic faith, but for now, I will just say that while Arabic Muslims can legitimately claim to be descendants of Abraham, through Ishmael, Muslims as a group cannot. The reality, according to the Bible, is that Arabs descended from Ishmael 2700 years before the birth of Islam. In addition, an estimated 80 percent of Muslims in the world are non-Arabs. In Genesis 22, God denies that Ishmael is Abraham’s son, referring to Isaac as Abraham’s “only son” three times.
Third, interfaith dialoguers maintain that Islamic teaching offers similar views on family, loving one’s neighbor, etc. That is also misleading and largely false, especially when it comes to love of neighbor. Islamic teaching is clear and firm and commands Muslims not to take Christians and Jews as “friends.” The only acceptable way for a Muslim to befriend an unbeliever is to deceive the one befriended in order to achieve a higher, likely nefarious purpose. This is difficult for those in the West and especially in America where older generations have been taught that a man’s word is his bond. We like to believe that everyone says what they mean and stands by what they say as a badge of honor. It is not so with most Muslims, nor in Islamic teaching—and, yes, I know it is becoming sadly too true among Americans, many of whom “truth” no longer holds the weight of honor.
Fourth, the interfaithers refer to Muslims as “brothers and sisters,” which is also erroneous. The designation of “brothers and sisters” according to Christian teaching is reserved for Christ followers and not for an association of a Christian with a non-believer. There is no spiritual relationship between Christians and Muslims or between Christians and non-believers. On the other side, Muslims do not believe that a Muslim can enter into any meaningful relationship with a non-believer or infidel. Any such friendship perceived by a Christian is both false and against true Islam tenets of faith.
Fifth, interfaithers believe that we (Christians, Jews, Muslims and everyone) are “children of God” and therefore have a lot in common.
While my emotions want to proclaim the same, the truth is that according to the Bible that is not true. The term, “children of God,” is not used until the New Testament. In the Old Testament, the Israelites were most often referred to as the “children of Israel.”
The Apostles John and Paul were the ones to use the term in the New Testament. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:” (John 1:12).
Later, John wrote, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:1-2). According to John, only those who call upon Jesus as Lord and Savior are the children of God. Although that may seem harsh, if we truly believe in the unadulterated Word of God, then we must accept this as true. A few verses later, John wrote, “In this the children of God and the children ofthe devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother” (1 John 3:10). Again, Muslims do not worship the God of the Bible, nor the same God as Christians and Jews. While they are a part of God’s creation, as we all are, they are not “children of God” (that is, the One True God, whom they neither recognize, nor serve).
The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the church in Rome, had this to say: “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together” (Romans 8:16-17). Only those who are heirs to God’s promised covenant through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the shed blood of Christ are the legitimate “children of God.”
“That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed” (Romans 9:8). Not my words or proclamation, but the Spirit of God through the Apostles John and Paul.
Despite those among the interfaith who want to see Muslims as children of God, Muslims, themselves do not believe they are children of God because Islam teaches that Allah has no children, nor does he want any. Allah does not want such a personal, loving relationship. That is what Muslims fleeing Islam love about the Christian God—the true God.
Again, there is nothing wrong with reaching out with the love of Christ to those in need or to non-believers. That is part of Christ’s teaching and the calling of every Christian, but it is not the Great Commission for the Disciples of Christ.
“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen” (Matthew 28:18-20). Although Jesus is concerned about the physical and emotional wellbeing of people, His greatest concern and calling for His followers is to call people to the Kingdom of God and everlasting salvation through His death and resurrection. Interfaith dialogue does not accomplish that, nor is it the goal.
As an example of the goals of Interfaith Dialogue, one should consider the bylaws or mission statement of your local group. In one community, the goals, in part, were stated as such: “Dialogue should enhance our sensitivity to the feelings of all professing religious people in their relationship with God.” Two misconceptions here: First, Christians are not called to be sensitive “to the feelings” of others when sharing the truth of the Gospel. Yes, we can be understanding and compassionate, but we are not to hold back on sharing the Gospel for fear of offending someone’s sensibilities. If that were the case, the Gospel would never reach anyone. Second, the erroneous assumption that all faiths have a “relationship with God.” Muslims, as well as many other faiths, do not believe in or have a relationship with Jehovah God. If you approach a Muslim on that foundation you are committing heresy, leading an unbeliever astray and will fail.
In order to participate in the aforementioned interfaith group you must agree to two things:
1. You may not “proselytize any other participant.” In other words, you may not share your faith in Christ or what He means to you. Essentially, you must deny your faith and calling as a Christian.
2. “. . . no group possesses total and absolute knowledge regarding the nature and works of God and human involvement with the Divine.” Really! Did not Jesus Himself say: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). If one does not believe that, then one is not a Christian. As Christians we must undeniably believe the Bible is God’s final uncompromising and infallible Word to His creation—not the Qur’an or any other man contrived text.
Islam has also fully invaded many Christian colleges, universities and seminaries with school religious departments hiring Muslims to teach vulnerable and gullible students the validity of Islam as a world belief system. Or, they have Christian professors teaching courses on Islam and its validity and similarity to Christianity.
A case in point (there are many that could be cited) is Robert F. Shedinger, Professor of Religion at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. In 2009, Shedinger published a book with the provocative title, Was Jesus a Muslim?: Questioning Categories in the Study of Religion. I confess that I have not read his book, but I watched a YouTube interview he gave on his book. In the interview Shedinger said he was challenged by a Muslim student on his understanding of Islam. After much research, he answered his own question (the title of the book) and concluded that, indeed, “Yes, even as a Christian, I have to say yes to that.” He further concluded, Islam is not a religion but a “social justice movement and that was what Jesus was all about.” So, according to Shedinger, Jesus was a Muslim in the sense of being a social justice warrior just like Muhammad. For Shedinger, Jesus was all about social justice, not about preaching a Gospel of repentance and salvation, something that Muhammad knew nothing about and, in fact, preached the dead opposite. No wonder Lutherans are all in on interfaith dialogue with Muslims. Shedinger’s whole purpose is to find ways for Muslims and Christians to ignore their theological differences and unite on purely social justice issues—issues which Muslims and Bible-believing Christians are diametrically opposed.
In 2015, Professor Shedinger followed up this effort with another offensive title, Jesus and Jihad: Reclaiming the Prophetic Heart of Christianity and Islam. No, I have not read this book either, but here is what the promotion for it says, in part, on Amazon:
When rescued from his Christian pietistic misinterpretations, Jesus emerges as a highly prophetic figure of resistance to the injustices authorized by Roman imperial power. As Muslims reengage an authentic understanding of jihad, and Christians, through a renewed understanding of jihad, meet the prophetic Jesus from whom they have become estranged, a new era of Christian-Muslim cooperation in the struggle against injustice can become the norm, replacing the current antipathy dividing these communities with a passion to reclaim once again a prophetic heart in service to a hurting world. ""Shedinger is at it again, making high-order conceptual mischief for the sake of interreligious wisdom. In this gem of a book, he brilliantly argues that Jesus was a jihadi. Shedinger makes this provocative claim because he wants Christians to learn that 'jihad' is spiritual and social struggle against every form of injustice. Shedinger shows that Christians desperately need this Muslim wisdom in order to be truly Christian. A must-read!"" --John J. Thatamanil, Associate Professor of Theology and World Religions, Union Theological Seminary.
Notably, this book has received one 5-star rating—from a Muslim.
So, not only was Jesus a social justice warrior, but he was a jihadi in the image of Muhammad. Good grief! Such heresy! No wonder university students are confused and being turned into social justice druggies with no concept or understanding of true Christianity or true Islam. One must read Understanding Islam in the Light of Christianity to get the accurate and Biblical view of Christianity and Islam; Jesus and Muhammad and Islam’s true view and understanding of jihad.
Across the United States Islamic research institutes, funded by the royal family of Saudi Arabia have crept into such prestigious American institutions of higher learning as American University in Washington, D.C., Duke University, Howard University, John Hopkins University, Georgetown University, Syracuse University and many other institutions of higher learning. To demonstrate their infinite capacity for compassion toward the U.S. after the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Saudis shortly thereafter pledged one billion U.S. dollars—not for the victims of the attacks, but—to evangelize American college campuses and prisons in order to gain more terrorist converts to their radical brand of Wahhabi Islam. Establishment of such institutes and mosques is much more wide spread across Europe where Islam is rapidly gaining a solid foothold.
The degree and ease with which Islam has crept into America’s primary and secondary school systems in the early 21st century is scary and mind-blowing. It has been facilitated by ignorant and clueless staff, administrators, school boards, boards of trustees and mostly ignored by parents and communities. The rapid surge has been largely funded and implemented by the Arab kingdoms of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which possess two of the most radical forms of Islam.
In the past few years, as reported by Foreign Schools Gift and Contracts Report (https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/about/data-center/school/foreign-gifts), from January 1, 2012 to June 30, 2018 a large number of American universities received hundreds of millions in donations and “contract” monies from Muslim countries—mostly Arab countries and mainly Saudi Arabia and Qatar. While the largest portion of the monies received is designated as “contracts,” presumably for tuition and fees for foreign Muslim students, there was also millions designated as “gifts” and research.
For instance, the University of Arkansas, in a four year period, from June 30, 2013 to June 30, 2017, took in $49.648 million from just three Muslim countries, Iraq, Kurdistan and Saudi Arabia. Over $40 million came from the Republic of Iraq, Higher Committee. Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Maryland, from January 30, 2012 to June 1, 2018, received almost $64 million from over 20 Muslim countries—all of it designated as “monetary gifts.” George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia received $64.875 million noted as “contracts” from January 23, 2012 to July 31, 2017. The great majority came from the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia.
The Associated Press, in analyzing the data, determined that at least $354 million went to 37 American institutions of higher learning from the Saudi Arabia alone—government or its controlled institutions—since 2011. Most of the money was for Saudi students attending various schools. Another $114 million was not accounted for as a result of some schools not disclosing the specific source of Saudi Arabian funding. This included $40 million to Johns Hopkins University and $28 million to Harvard University.
As reported in The Daily Caller on October 31, 2018, during the period of 2011-2016, Georgetown University (a Jesuit school) received almost $400 million from 18 foreign countries. However, 86.3 percent or $344-plus million came from five Muslim countries, of which Qatar was the largest contributor with $332.8 million.
In another attempt to control the campus narrative on Islam, the Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada (MSA) or MSA National was established by members of the Muslim Brotherhood in 1963 on the campus of the University of Illinois. The MSA is essentially a sect of the radical Wahhabi brand of Islam of Saudi Arabia and is heavily supported by the Saudis. As of 2018 there were an estimated 600 U.S. campus chapters of MSA.
In the opinion of Alex Alexiev, of the Center for Security Policy, “The Saudis over the years set up a number of large front organizations, such as the Al Haramain Foundation, the Muslim World League, the World Assembly of Muslim Youth, and a great number of Islamic ‘charities.’
“MSA National was the precursor of ISNA [the Islamic Society of North America], ICNA [the Islamic Circle of North America], MAYA [the Muslim Arab Youth Association], IMA [the Islamic Medical Association of North America], AMSS [the Association of Muslim Social Scientists], AMSE [the Association of Muslim Scientists and Engineers], MYNA [Muslim Youth of North America], Islamic Book Service, and the North American Islamic Trust.”
“The majority of Muslim Student Associations at U.S. colleges are dominated by Islamist and anti-American agendas, as are most of the numerous Islamic centers and schools financed by the Saudis. Intolerance and outright rejection of American values and democratic ideals are often taught also in the growing number of Deobandi schools that are frequently subsidized by the Saudis.”
Islamophobia—for University Credit. In a publication called, Higher Education Today, one of the two authors who was a “higher education administrator,” shared a distasteful experience she had with the parent of a prospective student. She classified it as an “Islamophobic” incident. She and her co-author went on to write:
Muslim Americans and international Muslim students on campuses around the country experience blatant Islamophobia and microaggressions in many forms. Research shows microaggressions include stares in public, feelings of alienation and assumptions of religious homogeneity. Unfortunately, such experiences are often a reflection of the negative attitudes toward Muslims held by a significant portion of society.
No doubt her experience was distasteful, inappropriate and hurtful, but in no way did it represent “a significant portion of society.” Accusations of Islamophobiahas become the new catch phrase for everything distasteful or assumed to be negative about Muslims. It has become what anti-Semitism has been for the Jews. There are, indeed, way too many people, who are small-minded and hateful, that take out their frustrations on others they perceive to be offended by, but that is the exception in America, not the rule. America and Americans are still among the most accepting, generous and compassionate people, often going the second and third mile to be kind or help someone in need.
In going to, what would appear to be the extreme on the issue of Islamophobia, prestigious Georgetown University has established a whole curriculum around the subject. It is, of course, supported with a generous donation of $20 million from the Saudi royal family to the school’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (CMCU), houses the “Bridge Initiative” and the “research project” on “the problem of Islamophobia.”
It is surprising, that among higher academics, no one seems to have discovered that Islam is not a race. Islam is an ideology made up of people from many ethnic and racial backgrounds. Some of the “key terms” listed in the Syllabus that are presumably catch words or offensive, include: Anti-Muslim Racism, Capitalism, Colonialism, Countering Violent Extremism, Empire, Gender Violence, Gender, Homonationalism, Islamophobia, Patriot Act and a host of other words or phrases. The Syllabus is too lengthy to review here, but the reader is encouraged to visit the website linked to this reference.
I will close with this absurdity. Todd Starnes, of Fox News, reported in March, 2018, that to sneeze in the library of Simmons College in Boston, and someone says, “God bless you” it could be considered an “Islamophobic microaggression.”
In 2017, a sophomore student, Marshall Polston, at Rollins College in Florida was suspended because he challenged his Muslim professor who asserted that the crucifixion of Jesus never happened.
“Our university should be a place where free-speech flashes and ideas can be spoken of without punishment or fear of retribution,” Polston stated.
The Muslim professor claimed that she felt threatened by Polston’s comments, and without due process, he was disciplined by the school.
On January 8, 2018, Pamela Gellar, the author of, Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance, posted a video from the Muslim Americans Political Awareness Conference on August 7, 1989. The video is of a presentation by Sharifa Alkhateeb, founder of the North American Council for Muslim Women, and a strong advocate of getting the story of Islam into America’s schools. She is often wrongly identified on the Internet and FaceBook posts as Cong. Rashida Tlaib. However, Alkhateeb died October 21, 2004.
In the video, she clearly discloses what should be the goal of Muslims of getting Islam into American education. Her presentation can be viewed below.
If the date of this presentation is an earmark for Islam’s infiltration of America’s schools, then Muslims, under the guidance of the Muslim Brotherhood, have had a 30-year head start in bringing Islam to our children and grandchildren while we slept and largely ignored the threat.
Excerpts of Sharifa Alkhateeb’s speech:
Education is one of the most important areas Muslims have to address. Our final objective is create our Islamic systems not just for Muslims but for all other Americans.
Look at them (non-Muslim Americans) as potential Muslims—we have an obligation to convert them.
Making America Muslim—all Americans Muslim.
We must have short-range goals. We must be calculated about it.
Education is political—extremely political.
We’re not American, we’re Muslim.”
I brought my children up to think of themselves first, last and always as Muslims.
“I am not American, I am Muslim.”
We are in the process of developing Islamic education for our children, public schools and school systems that span the country.
We want non-Muslims to be signing up for them. Education is just one part of our agenda.
We must be involved at every level, the local level, county state, national, international level. How? As a distinct Islamic entity.
We will not be part of the great American melting pot. We do not want to melt into America. We want to go into American society with Islamic ideals and revamp their thinking. We want to turn them into Muslims.
Go to the schools [sic] board meetings, find out what they’re doing with your kids in the public schools. Find out what they are talking about, what their ideas are. You can become an office assistant, you can become a reading assistant, you can become an [sic] library assistant, and give/buy Islamic books or get them from organizations and give them to your local school library.
You should try, we should all be involved in developing Arabic language courses in the public schools because one way of introducing non-Muslims to Islam is to have [them] come and learn Arabic language courses. Don’t forget Classical Arabic is the Quranic Arabic, so when we say Arabic course we are talking about classical Arabic and our real agenda is Quranic Arabic and that’s a good way to introduce Islam to on-Muslims.
Islamic Curriculum Invades America’s Schools. The National Teacher Training Institute, created in 1989 as an outreach of New York’s thirteen WNET public television, produces teacher training and lesson videos for America’s public schools. In 2005, with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, it produced the video series, Access Islam and offers ten lesson plans for upper elementary and middle school students, starting in grades 4-8. All the glories and niceties of Islam that impressionable youth need to know are provided. The ten Lesson Plans include: Lesson 1, Religion and the First Amendment; Lesson 2, The Five Pillars of Islam; Lesson 3, Salat: Prayer in Muslim Life; Lesson 4, Ramadan Observance; Lesson 5, Qur’an: Sacred Scripture of Islam; Lesson 6, The Hajj: Journey to Mecca; Lesson 7, Scholarship and Learning in Islam; Lesson 8, Islam in America; Lesson 9, Women in Islam; Lesson 10, Art in the Muslim World. No corresponding lesson plan on the NTTI site on Christianity or Judaism could be found by this author.
William J. Bennetta (now deceased), the sole creator and president of The Textbook League, made it his mission in life to review textbooks being used in America’s schools. His reviews and criticisms were much appreciated and respected. In 2003, he took upon himself to review the Arab World Studies Notebook. He summarized his review in an e-mail letter of October 8, 2003, to a Stuart Elliot in Wichita, Kansas, who had enquired of his findings.
Writing an analysis of a patently fraudulent publication is the most demanding task of all, for this reason: Although one can see immediately that the publication is a hoax, one still must give an extraordinary amount of time to studying it and to demonstrating its deceitfulness in some detail.
. . . the “Notebook” is published jointly by the Middle East Policy Council and by “AWAIR: Arab World And Islamic Resources and School Services.”
. . . The Notebook is a vehicle for disseminating disinformation, including a multitude of false, distorted or utterly absurd claims that are presented as historical facts. I infer that the “Notebook” has three principal purposes: inducing teachers to embrace Islamic religious beliefs; inducing teachers to embrace political views that are favored by the MEPC and AWAIR; and impelling teachers to disseminate those religious beliefs . . . in schools.
CAIR Controls America’s Schools. The Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has a stranglehold on America’s primary schools. One trait the majority of Muslims illustrate, that Christians typically do not, is aggressiveness. CAIR is demanding and forcing America’s school systems to cower to ever Islamic whim. If a school board member, educator, school administrator steps out of line, CAIR is quick to threaten a lawsuit. As a Muslim Brotherhood front group, they are sufficiently funded to cause havoc for small and medium size school districts.
A case in point. In November 2009, at one of Minnesota’s larger high schools, a white student reportedly wrote an essay for English class critical of the special treatment of Somali students. In the original report from WCCO (Minneapolis), “The white student was briefly suspended, but on Monday, he was attacked when a fight erupted between about 20 Somali and [four] white students.” Locally, it was reported that the blogging student was taken to the hospital and kept overnight for fear of bleeding on the brain.
Seven unidentified students were suspended. The essayist was suspended four days “for safety” reasons.
CAIR-MN was quick to respond, filing a harassment & discrimination complaint/suit against the school claiming Somali students at the school were subject to unfair treatment and repeated racial discrimination. The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice also got involved. In April 2011, a “settlement” was reached with the high school and its administration. CAIR-MN reported, “The agreement calls on the school district to take steps such as issuing an anti-harassment statement, retaining a consultant to study and determine steps needed to effectively respond to harassment, reviewing and revising harassment-related policies and procedures, organizing staff trainings on reporting incidents of harassments, and submitting monitoring reports to federal agencies for the next three years.”
The Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliate CAIR are well on their way of establishing the radical Islamic agenda for America. As presented in the Muslim Brotherhood’s An Explanatory Memorandum of May 22, 1991, “The general strategic goal of the Group in America which was approved by the Shura Council and the Organizational Conference for the year [I987] is ‘Enablement of Islam in North America, meaning: establishing an effective and a stable Islamic Movement led by the Muslim Brotherhood which adopts Muslims’ causes domestically and globally, and which works to expand the observant Muslim base, aims at unifying and directing Muslims’ efforts, presents Islam as a civilization alternative, and supports the global Islamic State wherever it is.’”
According to the “Memo”, there are five stages to accomplishing the Islamization of America.
Settlement: “That Islam and its Movement become a part of the homeland it lives in.”
Establishment: “That Islam turns into firmly-rooted organizations on whose bases civilization, structure and testimony are built.”
Stability: “That Islam is stable in the land on which its people move.”
Enablement: “That Islam is enabled within the souls, minds and the lives of the people of the country in which it moves.”
Rooting: “That Islam is resident and not a passing thing, or rooted “entrenched” in the soil of the spot where it moves and not a strange plant to it.”
Islam, thanks to the millions of ignorant dhimmis (cooperative non-Muslims), has successfully infiltrated every aspect of American life.
How have they been so successful so quickly is illustrated in the fulfillment of another Muslim Brotherhood strategy, the “Civilization-Jihadist Process.”
The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Process” with all the word means. The Ikhwan [the brethren] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. It is a Muslim’s destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny except for those who chose to slack. But, would the slackers and the Mujahedeen [Islamic guerilla fighters] be equal.
Without the willing cooperation of school boards, teachers, university board of regents, professors and churches throughout the country, it is clear that the objectives of the Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamic domination of America could not be established. America is freely feeding the monster that desires to devour us.
James F. Gauss, Ph.D.
Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way [Christians], whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem (Acts 9:1-2).
These two verses in Acts 9 give us a good picture of the anti-Christ character and motivation of Saul, the Pharisee, the zealot persecutor of first century Christians. Saul was a devout, well-educated Jew who was determined and passionate about wiping out the Jewish infidels and their newly found faith in Jesus Christ as the fulfilled coming of the Jewish messiah. Saul was the first documented anti-Christ antagonist after the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Fast-forward about 600 years and another anti-Christ zealot arose in the person of Muhammad. Through his new found ideology of Islam he and his followers, then and today, have become the chief anti-Christ protagonists worldwide. Today, Muslim zealots represent the largest group of persecutors of Christians (and Jews) throughout the world—whether the Christians or Jews live in their own country of nativity or in Muslim nations.
Muslims are commanded to persecute Christians by Allah, their god, in their sacred book, the Qur’an and by Islamic (shari’a) law. Over fourteen hundred years ago, Islam was birthed and raised up as an anti-Christ spirit of opposition and persecution against Christians. For over twelve centuries, the Church clearly recognized this anti-Christ force and strongly opposed it. Today, however, many church denominations and more “enlightened” Christians and their leaders have come along side this anti-Christ spirit, proclaiming that they and the anti-Christ followers worship the same god and have a common heritage. The devil has clearly blinded the eyes of fools and seduced them into heresy.
So, what happened to Saul? He was a young man on a mission—a mission to destroy Christ followers. He believed fervently that he was doing God’s biding. In his hot pursuit after these Christians, Saul was on the Damascus Road from Jerusalem to Damascus. It was about a 150 mile dusty journey, but Saul was determined to bring every Christian he found back to Jerusalem in chains.
Saul confronted by Christ. As he [Saul] journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”
And he said, “Who are You, Lord?”
Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It ishard for you to kick against the goads.”
So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?”
Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought himinto Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank (Acts 9:3-9).
Why are you persecuting Me? Jesus asked Saul. Saul’s meek reply was simply, “Who are you Lord?” Saul had no knowledge of the very one he was persecuting. He was pursuing Jesus followers out of blind ignorance and hatred. Muslims today, as in fourteen centuries past, are indirectly or directly pursuing Christians with the anti-Christ edicts of the Qur’an and the teachings of their false prophet, Muhammad. Islam has become the largest anti-Christ, anti-Jew movement the world has ever seen. However, for the first time, Muslim loyalists have been successful in recruiting Christians to join them in persecuting other Christians and Jews. Jesus must be weeping at this travesty occurring within the Church body that He died for two thousand years ago. A vast number of those that are supposed to represent Christ and His Gospel to a dying world have become today’s Sauls. Once again, Christ is crying out, “Why are you persecuting Me?”
In his first letter directed at new Christians, the Apostle John wrote, “Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us [the Church], but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us” (1 John 2:18-19). Those in the Church who have aligned themselves with Muslims through the Interfaith Dialogue with Muslims movement have enjoined themselves with the anti-Christ spirit that opposes Christ. They have not only enlisted in the battle against the Church, but are standing shoulder to shoulder with those who follow the anti-Christ and oppose the one and only true Gospel of truth and salvation.
Of course, those who stand against such heresy are demeaned by such epithets as “haters,” “Islamophobes,” or “racists.” However, the Apostle John would have a different reply for those remaining faithful to Christ. “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also” (1 John 2:20-23). Muslims are taught to clearly reject God as Father and Jesus Christ as His Son. By associating with Muslims and affirming their anti-Christ ideology as being valid, Interfaithers have also rejected God as Father and Jesus Christ as His Son.
“Therefore,” John continued, “let that [truth] abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.
“These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him” (1 John 2:24-27).
There is a great battle raging for the soul of the Church and those who elect to follow Christ. Those who chose to align themselves with anti-Christ followers are coming against those who chose to remain loyal to Jesus Christ and His Gospel of salvation—the only Gospel there is to be preached to the lost.
“For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels” (Mark 8:34-38).
Jesus said to him,
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
James F. Gauss, Ph.D.
There is a war raging for the soul of the Church throughout America, but few see it. Christian leaders—some notable—are falling one after another for a false gospel that is leading millions of biblically ignorant and likely nominal Christians astray and into the pits of hell.
Pastor after pastor; leader after leader; church after church and denomination after denomination have fallen prey to the unholy gospel of Satan himself, the committing heresy and apostasy against the Word of God. They have, in essence, become the church of Laodicea prophesied about in Revelation 3:14-15. “And to the angel [or messenger] of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.”
The Church of Laodicea. So, what was the failure of the church of Laodicea according to Jesus? Of the seven churches mentioned in chapters two and three of the Book of Revelation, the Laodicean church was the only one that Jesus did not commend for something. First, for what did Jesus commend the other six churches?
To the church in Ephesus, Jesus said, “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars;” (Revelation 2:2). To the church in Smyrna, Jesus said, “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan” (Revelation 2:9). To the third, the church in Pergamum, Jesus said, “I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas wasMy faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells” (Revelation 2:13).
Once again, to the church in Thyatria, Jesus also offered His commendation. “I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last aremore than the first” (Revelation 2:19). To the church in Sardis, Jesus had a warning and a commendation. “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. . . . You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy” (Revelation 3:1-2, 4). Although the flame of faith was dying in Sardis, there was still hope because of the faithfulness of a few. The last church to receive a commendation from Jesus was the church in Philadelphia. To this church Jesus said, “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name” (Revelation 3:8). Even though this church was weak, they had kept the Word of God and did not deny the name of Jesus Christ.
So, what was the sin of the Laodicean church? Since Jesus did not commend them for anything that He commended the other six churches, it can be surmised that they were guilty of the opposite. So, unlike the church of Ephesus, were the members of the Laodicean church tolerating evil in their midst? The church in Smyrna was commended for enduring tribulation and poverty while not tolerating blasphemy in their midst. The Laodicean church was wealthy and did not recognize their spiritual poverty. Jesus commended the church of Pergamum for their faithfulness while living in Satan’s evil domain. The church at Laodicea had no understanding or awareness of the evil among them. To the church in Thyatria, Jesus commended their good works of faithfulness; their love and patience. In Laodicea the church was unfaithful and blinded to their wretched deeds. They only had love for themselves and their own wellbeing. The church at Sardis was barely alive spiritually, but had hope of revival due to a faithful few. The church in Philadelphia was also weak, but Jesus commended them for remaining true to the Word of God and not rejecting Him. However, the church in Laodicea failed to recognize their failings or their need to repent and turn back to the truth of the Gospel and the true nature of their calling in Jesus Christ.
How many churches and denominations today, led by ignorant and deceiving spiritual leaders fall into the description of the church of Laodicea? Unfortunately, far too many and it is getting worse by the day. Thousands of churches across America and their unbiblical leaders are straying from the real, unadulterated Gospel of the New Testament. They embrace abortion, gay rights, perversion of various persuasions, environmentalism, social justice, anti-Semitism, anti-Israel, embrace Islam and Muslims as “brothers and sisters” and a host of other non-biblical viewpoints, while ignoring the weightier commandments and admonitions of Jesus Christ and His Apostles.
The consequences of being neither cold nor hot. Of the seven churches, the church of Laodicea was in the wealthiest city. The church had become “fat and happy” so to speak, and apparently had the reputation of not standing for anything but falling for everything when it came to Christian doctrinal issues. They became indifferent and spiritually lazy when it came to the finer truths of the Gospel. In modern terms, they had become ChINOs (Christians-in-Name-Only). Although they were no longer “hot” for the Gospel of Christ and His commandments, they were not totally “cold” to the truth. Instead they were “lukewarm,” showing little enthusiasm for sharing the Good News with the lost. They had become indifferent, apathetic and unmoved by the salvation message they had been given to share with others. Because of this, Jesus said He would vomit them out of His mouth.
“I know your works,” Jesus said to the church at Laodicea, “that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:15-17). In stating such, Jesus was indicating that He wanted nothing to do with this lukewarm, spiritually lethargic church—unless they turned from their gospel of indifference and heresy.
“I counsel you,” Jesus warned, “to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, thatthe shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see” (Revelation 3:15-18).
The Apostle Paul had a similar warning to members of the churches in Galatia. “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:6-8). Strong words for those who pervert the Gospel of Christ and create their own alternative gospel from worldly minds.
Jesus Christ is not looking for, nor does He want fence sitters—those that are ambivalent or reticent to sharing the Word of God with others. “Preach the word!” Paul instructed Timothy. “Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:2). All followers of Christ should do the same.